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Dry Sunday for most areas; rain returns on Monday

Cooler than normal Monday through Thursday, back to the 80s Friday

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A big event begins this Sunday morning in Duluth:

The Festival of Sail is a three-day event, and the tall ships last gathered in Duluth three years ago. Details about the Festival of Sail can be found here.  If you want to watch some of the ships arrive this morning, you can check out the Canal cam feed. 

Rain chances

There was plenty of sunshine Sunday morning in Duluth, but there were areas of clouds elsewhere in Minnesota and parts of western Wisconsin. Most of us will see some breaks in the clouds at times as we go through Sunday afternoon. Portions of northern Minnesota will have a chance of scattered showers this Sunday, but most of us will have a dry day.

Temperature trends

Sunday highs will reach the 70s across much of the northern half of Minnesota, with some lower 80s in portions of the south. The Twin Cities metro area will probably poke into the lower 80s at some point Sunday afternoon.

Monday highs will be mainly in the 70s, but it probably won’t get out of the 60s in much of northwestern Minnesota:

Forecast Monday highs
National Weather Service

Twin Cities metro area highs are projected to reach the mid 70s Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by upper 70s Thursday and lower 80s on Friday.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center shows a tendency toward warmer than normal temperatures in Minnesota and Wisconsin from next weekend into the start of the following week:

Temperature outlook August 16-20
NWS Climate Prediction Center

Monday rain chance

Many locations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin will see some off and on showers Monday and Monday night, with a few t-storms also possible. A few showers could linger in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin Tuesday morning.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's North American Mesoscale forecast model shows the potential rain pattern Monday through Tuesday morning:

NOAA NAM simulated radar Monday through Tuesday morning

Pay more attention to the patchy nature of the rain pattern rather than the exact location of the rain. No all-day rains are expected.

Programming note

You can hear my live weather updates on Minnesota Public Radio at 7:49 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 7:35 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.